The biggest derby ever Part I: Our greatest derby memories

The statement “the biggest derby ever” has been used at least once for the past few seasons, we had the Carling Cup semi finals in 2010, the FA cup semi last year, the league game at Old Trafford last year, and the Community Shield at the start of this season.

However Monday nights clash will once again take this title, with the league title hanging in the balance, will it be red or blue who is victorious on this occasion? Manchester City are a growing force in European football, but will City’s money be able to overthrow Sir Alex Fergusons class? Monday’s game will go a long way in answering that question, and we will also get a big indicator as to where the title is going this year.

We begin our five-part build up by looking at the best derby moments in recent years, we have been blessed by some real great memories, so lets look back at our favourites and hope we can add another come Monday night.

Paul Scholes and Gary Neville’s kiss

It was at Eastland’s back in April 2010, we entered added time and it looked as if both sides were happy with a point after a drab 0-0 match. Then, in the 93rd minute, up popped Paul Scholes with a beautifully cushioned header, which sent the United fans mad. Then came the moment, Gary Neville ran over to Paul and slapped a massive kiss on his lips.
Michael Owen’s extremely late winner
This is up there with one of my favourite footballing moments, what a game. Darren Fletcher had put us 3-2 up, and as we approached the 90th minute a mistake from Rio Ferdinand allowed Craig Bellamy to make it 3-3 and City would be taking an unlikely point back to Eastland’s. However, Ryan Giggs had other ideas, he played a beautifully weighted pass to Michael Owen and he slotted home coolly in the 96th minute to snatch a precious win against our local rivals.

That Wayne Rooney goal

We have all seen this goal hundreds of times, what a special moment it was. A stroke of luck allowed Edin Dzeko to draw City level, however we didn’t stop pushing for that winner. Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick will surely go down as one of the greatest goals of our generation, even his celebration just emphasizes how special it was.

This seasons Community Shield

In the seasons curtain raiser we saw somewhat of a different United team, players like Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, David De Gea, Phil Jones, and Ashley Young all getting playing time. We found ourselves 2-0 down at half time. We came out in the second half and some of the football we played was absolutely breathtaking, especially our second goal, the passing and movement was a joy to watch.

These are just a few of the greatest memories, now, let’s go to the Etihad on Monday night and show who the dominant force in this city is, let’s prove a point and show them that Manchester is RED!

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